When Holden introduced the HQ Sandman panel van in 1974 it became an instant classic. One of the first cars to combine a commercial vehicle with lifestyle aspirations, it immediately conjured images of Aussie surf culture and the freedom of the wide open road.That unique combination saw the car immortalised in popular culture and quickly gain iconic status in the Holden lineup.
“I feel privileged and proud to own the car and the guys really put their skills and expertise in and produced a fantastic job.”Purchase says the chrome yellow paint remained faithful to the original HQ Sandman but for mechanical components, he was prepared look beyond the original specifications as the vehicle was intended to be a daily driver and not a Concours show car.
“Whilst it’s a replica it’s not an exact copy of a Sandman and I had a 350 crate motor put in with a Turbo 350 automatic transmission,” he says.After picking up the finished car recently, he says he couldn’t be happier.
“I got in the car and had a grin from ear to ear. The performance of the car, handling and the note of the exhaust system was just fantastic. It has this old school burble so you really know you are driving a V8.”
While clearly happy with the Sandman, his passion for classic Holden muscle cars is far from satiated with a new project waiting in the wings.
Purchase has just finished his seventh series of Bumper 2 Bumper that has been screening on community television but from next March, the new series will be shown on Foxtel nationally.
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Article reproduced with kind permission from Rusty Purchase at Channel 31 Community Television programme "Bumper to Bumper', and General Motors Holden Customer Care - article published at this address http://email.holden.com.au/2015/september/september-2015/me-and-my-car.aspx - 4/2/2016.